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Effectiveness of a Technology-Based Supportive Educational Parenting Program on Parental Outcomes in Singapore: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
National University Hospital, Singapore, Singapore.
National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
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2018 (English)In: JMIR Research Protocols, ISSN 1929-0748, E-ISSN 1929-0748, Vol. 7, no 1, article id e4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Supportive educational programs during the perinatal period are scarce in Singapore. There is no continuity of care available in terms of support from community care nurses in Singapore. Parents are left on their own most of the time, which results in a stressful transition to parenthood. There is a need for easily accessible technology-based educational programs that can support parents during this crucial perinatal period.

Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the study protocol of a randomized controlled trial on a technology-based supportive educational parenting program.

Methods: A randomized controlled two-group pretest and repeated posttest experimental design will be used. The study will recruit 118 parents (59 couples) from the antenatal clinics of a tertiary public hospital in Singapore. Eligible parents will be randomly allocated to receive either the supportive educational parenting program or routine perinatal care from the hospital. Outcome measures include parenting self-efficacy, parental bonding, postnatal depression, social support, parenting satisfaction, and cost evaluation. Data will be collected at the antenatal period, immediate postnatal period, and at 1 month and 3 months post childbirth.

Results: Recruitment of the study participants commenced in December 2016 and is still ongoing. Data collection is projected to finish within 12 months, by December 2017.

Conclusions: This study will identify a potentially clinically useful, effective, and cost-effective supportive educational parenting program to improve parental self-efficacy and bonding in newborn care, which will then improve parents’ social support–seeking behaviors, emotional well-being, and satisfaction with parenting. It is hoped that better supported and satisfied parents will consider having more children, which may in turn influence Singapore’s ailing birth rate.

Trial Registration: International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN): 48536064; https://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN48536064 (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6wMuEysiO)

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JMIR Publications , 2018. Vol. 7, no 1, article id e4
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parents; perinatal; satisfaction; self-efficacy; social support
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152535DOI: 10.2196/resprot.8062ISI: 000432915700002PubMedID: 29321127Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041047793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-152535DiVA, id: diva2:1282247
Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved

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